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A father stabbed to death
by a man with known
mental health problems.
Just days after the birth
of his daughter.
His widow struggles for answers.
As if it's not important enough. As
if we don't count. We need to have
the answers. And we need to have the
answers so it won't happen again.
Why the widow is relying on
crowdfunding to pay her legal fees.
The care homes forced to exclude
residents with the highest needs,
which led to a son who had to give
up his job to look
after his sick mother.
They would be saying, you have to
find a care home. And I couldn't.
And it was really depressing and
demoralising. And I felt really
unsure about where she was going to
Road testing driverless
pods. Londoners give their verdict
on trial in Greenwich. And...
A music masterclass
for Teenage Cancer patients -
from none other than Nial Rogers.
I'm Asad Ahmad.
It was a crime that
A father - who'd gone to post cards
near his home in Islington
to announce the birth
of his new daughter -
being stabbed to death just
metres from his doorstep.
Dr Jeroen Ensink was attacked
by a man from Woolwich -
with known mental health problems -
who, days earlier, had charges
against him relating
to knife offences dropped.
Now, ahead of the inquest
into his death, we learn
that the victim's wife has had
to turn to Crowdfunding
to get the money to pay
for legal representation.
Here's Caroline Davies.
There were three police officers
standing in front of our door.
And I just opened the door,
and you just know, your
entire world collapses.
They hadn't even said a word.
They hadn't even said,
is this your husband?
You just know.
This was the last photo taken
of Nadja's husband, Jeroen Ensink.
His little daughter, Fleur,
had been born just 11 days before.
He left the house to post cards
announcing her birth
when he was attacked and killed.
She knows that other
kids have a dad.
I mean, there are pictures
all over the house.
And then once in awhile,
she just walks down the street
and she goes, Mummy,
Daddy's in my heart.
And those moments are
when your heart breaks.
Jeroen was killed by
a man he had never met.
Femi Nandap was suffering
from a cannabis-induced psychotic
rage when he stabbed the academic.
Today, he is serving
an indefinite sentence at
Broadmoor Hospital for manslaughter.
Nandap had a history of severe
mental health problems.
In May 2015, he was arrested
and charged for wielding a knife
in public and attacking
a police officer.
He was released on bail.
In December, the charges
against him were dropped
because of insufficient evidence.
Six days later, he killed Jeroen.
Nadja hopes the inquest
into his death will give her some
answers about what happened.
But while the CPS and the police
will have legal representation
representation at that inquest -
paid for by the public purse -
she's been denied legal aid.
And without legal representation,
I won't be able to get
the answers we need.
As if it's not important enough,
as if we don't count.
We need to have the answers.
And we need have the answers
so it won't happen again.
The Met told us that
while there had been no misconduct,
there had been areas of learning.
The CPS said that the case
against the previous knife offence
should never have been discontinued.
The Ministry of Justice have said
that they're committed to reviewing
the situation on legal aid
for bereaved families,
but that review is delayed.
In the meantime, Nadja
is crowdfunding for her lawyer.
All this is going on, I still
believe in the goodness of people.
Because it's out there.
But I don't believe in the system.
Caroline, Nadja isn't the only
person to have difficulty getting
legal aid for an inquest?
No, this can happen to a number of
bereaved families and the process of
getting legal aid for inquests can
be complex and intrusive. We are
talking that inquest is weather has
been state involvement in some way.
The money to get legal aid is means
tested so you fill in forms about
your income, your property. Even
down to your jewellery. It is not
just you, it is the immediate family
of the deceased, that can be
difficult people are a strange dog
living abroad and the forms can be
pages and pages and you might not
get the funding even then as we
found with Nadja. Which you need a
lawyer there? Everybody else will
have one, the CPS, the Met police,
they will be represented legally,
said pressure groups say this is
really important for the families to
get the answer is that they need. As
I mentioned, the Ministry of Justice
are reviewing this, they said this
evening they are sympathetic of
course to the families of the
deceased and they have said they are
planning to publish their findings
later in the year.
We will see what happens, for now,
thank you very much.
So, that's our top story
this Wednesday evening,
but still to come tonight before 7:
I will report live from a farm in
Hertfordshire, finding out about the
numbers of sheep lost every year
because of out of control dogs.
Around 50 alleged victims
by undercover police units have
walked out of a public inquiry,
saying they no longer have
confidence in its Chairman.
Already, the inquiry is three
years behind schedule,
amid a major dispute
about whether officers at the centre
of the investigation can be named.
Already, the inquiry is three
years behind schedule,
Dominic Casciani has been
following the inquiry.
Dominic, remind us of
what the inquiry is about?
It is deeply controversial and very
complicated. It is to get to the
heart of allegations of wrongdoing
mostly against a secretive but now
disbanded Metropolitan Police unit,
the Special Demonstration Squad.
Over 40 years, it has infiltrated
political campaign groups and has
been accused of being involved in
criminality, of tricking women into
sexual relationships, and it has
been accused of also stealing the
names of dead children so officers
could create fake identities. This
enquiry has been delayed by a
combination of legal questions and
the death of its original chairman,
and the new head has been trying to
get it back and rack recently to
attempts to get through the
anonymity orders which has led to
today's extraordinary scenes.
Why was today so significant?
In essence, what has happened, at
today's hearing, protesters and the
campaigners said they had lost
confidence in the chairman. Let's
hear from Dwayne Brooks, one of the
campaigners involved, a friend of
We need to know who these officers
are, and we need to know
that the actions that those officers
took, five, ten, 20,
in some cases 30 years ago,
are not happening today.
Right now, us core participants,
we have no confidence.
Now, what has happened since then,
the campaigners have asked for the
chair either to resign or to appoint
a panel to assess which officers
should get anonymity and which names
should be released in the public
domain. If the campaigners do lend
their support back enquiry, it is
going to be more than a year before
any evidence is heard.
very much for that at the High
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt
has admitted the social
care system is under unprecedented
pressure, as BBC London
learns that an increasing
number of care homes
appear to be cherry-picking
the patients they take in.
A lack of funding,
and increasing demand for places,
means those who need the most
care are sometimes being
overlooked and rejected.
A graphic designer from East London
believes his mother wasn't able
to get a place in a home
because of the amount
of care she needed.
It meant he had to
put his life on hold.
Helen Mulroy reports.
Back to work for Alex Turner.
It's been a long time coming
for the graphic design
after he was forced to take a career
break at just 26, when his mum,
Sue, was diagnosed with
I'd get five or six phone calls
a day, members of the public
would find her, or the police
would pick her up, or she'd be
in different hospitals
around our area and I'd have to go
and collect her a lot of the time.
When she was living at home, there'd
be different carers every day.
She wouldn't want to let them in.
They hadn't been trained
as to how to do that.
So, full-time jobs were impossible.
Alex became his mum's main carer,
even living with her for a period
of time, but her condition worsened
and she went into hospital.
By then, it was clear that the only
option was a care home.
For the next year, Alex
looked at over 20 homes,
and applied for a place at more
than ten of them.
But at each one, after assessing
Sue, who was still relatively young,
physically fit, and mobile,
none could offer her place.
It was really depressing
and demoralising and I felt really
unsure about where she was going
to be going.
It wasn't a nice time.
Sadly, Alex and Sue's
story is far from unique.
Our helpline increasingly gets
calls of this nature.
We find that care homes
are picking and choosing people
that they accept into their homes,
largely because they don't
have the funding to be able
to provide the specialist support
needed to help people with dementia.
The National Living Wage
is going up soon.
Property, and the upkeep of that
property, particularly in London,
that can be extremely expensive.
In contacting the Government,
we asked the Department of Health
and Social Care what they're doing
about the lack of appropriate
care home places.
They told us that they've invested
an extra £2 billion in social care
and that over the summer,
they're publishing planned reforms
to make the social care system more
sustainable for the future.
But for Sue and Alex,
any such reform is too late.
I've missed a chunk of my career.
I just couldn't get a job.
My mum wouldn't have
been happy about that.
It would have been incredibly
upsetting for my mum to know
what I've gone through.
Helen Mulroy, BBC London News.
There's been much talk
about driverless cars on our roads,
with one of the largest 'city'
trials taking place in Greenwich.
Specialists have monitored how
are with the technology
and if they feel safe.
This all comes just days
after a woman was killed
by a self-driving car in America,
but are Londoners still OK in them?
Our transport correspondent,
Tom Edwards, has been finding out.
For 18 months, these driverless
shuttles have been running around
the Greenwich Peninsula.
Testing how they react to people,
other vehicles and even dogs.
In that case, the on-board
safety pilot intervened.
And here, they're also
trying to find out our
reactions to the pods.
Today, there were more passengers.
So far, thousands
have tried them out.
The vehicle itself feels much larger
than I thought it was going to do.
It felt very safe.
The vehicle itself was very
cautious, it was very aware
of its surroundings.
I didn't feel at any point
that we came up to an obstacle
and it wasn't going to stop.
All in all, it was a
really good experience.
We have already got some form of it
so I reckon in the next under five
years, I think there is a
Seen them all around
town. First time in it, I felt quite
safe, cautious driver, that was
good. I have been following the
technology for a while so exciting
to finally get in one.
pods today was misbehaving
initially. According to those behind
the scheme, the technology has
performed well, even in the recent
poor weather and Greenwich has been
a test-bed for new driverless
technology. This was a shopping
company test in Woolwich. Of those
people who use these pods in
Greenwich, 47% had a positive
experience. 43% had concerns. Maybe
around cyber security and road
safety. And driverless technology
has been in the headlines after a
pedestrian died after being hit by a
self-driving car in the US. Some
have called that a wake-up call for
the industry. Others say the
technology should not yet be the
roads. Here, they believe the system
is safe and there have been no
These pods safe? Yes,
safety is always going to be a
priority, especially in the
development of the vehicles and the
trials we are developing at the
moment. And we have got a lot of
work to do to develop trust and
people need to build trust in these
vehicles and the technology.
still wants to be at the forefront
of this new technology. There is
still some way to go to convince
everyone that this is the future of
transport. Yes, it appears the jury
is still out!
Farmers across the Home Counties
are urging dog owners to be more
responsible following an increase
in the number of
attacks on livestock.
It's claimed that the increase
could - in part - be
down to a ban on dogs in some parks.
Sarah Harris reports.
Yes, it is a vulnerable time for
these sheep because it is lambing
time. Look at the latest additions,
two twin lambs, they were asleep and
feeding, born this time yesterday.
There were many more, many more will
be born tonight. So as you can see,
farmers in the Home Counties and the
sheep have enough on their plate
without worrying about out control
dogs and it is a problem for farmers
living fairly close to London.
Three times in as many years,
Tim's sheep, kept in the countryside
close to Watford, have been
attacked by dogs.
The scale of such incidents is huge.
Police were called to a nearby farm
this week where two dogs took out
almost the entire flock.
There was a total of 13 sheep,
being a mixture of fully grown ewes
and newly born lambs that had been
slaughtered and there are a further
six lambs that the farmer was able
to take back to the farm that had
been injured, some of
them quite severely.
Legal proceedings are ongoing
against the owner and the pictures
are too harrowing to broadcast
but the research shows
there are thousands of attacks
in the countryside around
London every year.
Recent changes to the law made it
easier for councils and other
landlords to ban dogs altogether
from recreation grounds
and other public spaces.
According to the Kennel Club,
that is what is making people
with dogs go out to the countryside
at weekends, where things
can get out of control.
Tim doesn't just keep sheep,
he also advises the Government
and the police on how to deal
with the problem of
He says it often boils down
to the owner's naivete.
People are walking a dog
and it's not under control,
on a lead, and they see sheep,
the dogs see sheep,
the run off and attack
and the owner can't recall it.
Because the dog is going back
into primitive hunting mode.
And this is all dogs.
This isn't particular types of dogs.
This is large, small, all breeds.
And it's simply, in this case,
the owners just do not understand
that their dog will go back
to its hunting instincts.
Very seldom is it
the fault of the dog.
With Easter coming up,
the police are keen to get
the message across for owners
to keep their dogs on a lead
in the countryside.
If things do get out of hand,
they may face criminal charges.
Sarah Harris, BBC London News.
If you've just tuned in, welcome.
This is what's still
to come on the programme.
This is Nile Rodgers, and just want
to say that I will be coming up
later on to talk about music in
London. Which is awesome! One,
two... Fake out!
A memorial has been
laid in honour of two
soldiers from Islington,
who were awarded the Victoria Cross
in the First World War.
Lance Corporal John Sayer
single-handedly defended an outpost
in Northern France -
and Lieutenant Colonel Frank Roberts
led a counter attack
against the enemy.
was at the ceremony.
It was where some of the bloodiest
battles were fought
during the First World War.
Millions died on the Western front,
amid the lines of mud trenches
and fortifications dug to prevent
the enemy from advancing.
Lieutenant Colonel Frank Roberts
lived in Highbury.
But, in 1914, 26 years old, he left
to fight on the front in France.
On one occasion, the enemy
attacked a nearby village,
but Lieutenant Roberts led
a counterattack, driving them
away temporarily so that
troops could withdraw.
The fight was basically
around the church.
But you've only got to look
at the commendation,
the number of people killed.
The number of people he took
For his courage, he received
a Victoria Cross.
John Sayer, also from Islington,
single-handedly seized and defended
a strategic post close
to the Hindenberg line
in northern France in 1918.
For this deed, he too
was awarded the VC.
soldiers were remembered
by their families as memorials
were unveiled in Islington to mark
the sacrifice they made fighting
on the Western front.
The countryside was churned up
by heavy shelling from both sides.
It was covered in barbed wire.
The weather made the ground
impossible, in many places.
But in spite of of those conditions,
John Sayer would never
forget his family, writing
to his children on each
of their birthdays.
Dear Eric, I am writing this hoping
you will get it on your birthday,
to wish you many happy returns...
The letter is very quiet
and personal, and it makes no
mention, really, of war.
And what he must have been
going through at that time.
It is hoped that by laying these
stones, the memory of both soldiers'
achievements will be kept alive,
as well as educating future
generations about the Great War.
Charlotte Franks, BBC London News.
Two very brave soldiers.
More than 10% of children
are believed to spend over
six hours a day online.
So a project in south
London is using netball
to educate young people on staying
safe when they use social media,
as well as encouraging
them to be more active.
And today Netball 4 Change
received official backing
from Sport Relief and the Mayor.
Chris Slegg can tell us more.
Netball at the Harris Academy
School in Peckham today.
But netball with a difference.
Each training drill here
is designed to teach youngsters
about using social media safely.
It seems the message
is getting through.
In a netball match, if you try
to tackle, you've got to be
careful of who you pass to.
It's the same thing,
you have to be careful
of what you post as well.
11-year-old Mariah estimates
she spends 30 hours a week online.
Is it good to just put
the phone down and
play a bit of sport?
Yeah, it really is.
The screen is really
bad for your eyes.
You being sporty and getting
out here, meeting new
friends, it is a lot better.
Today, the Mayor
announced a total of £8.8
million of funding will be made
available to projects like this one
over the next three years.
We have learned that
actually you can't
always teach young people
things in the classroom.
Sometimes you have to take them
outside the classroom.
Sport is a phenomenal way to learn
all sorts of life skills.
Obesity levels have
been going up for a
while, activity levels
have been coming down.
Have you been too
slow to act on this?
Well, I'm really concerned
about a number of things
in relation to the health
and well-being of Londoners.
Too many people live
in their own communities
and don't mix and mingle.
Sport is a fantastic way
of reducing isolation,
as a way of making mates, as a way
of people from different backgrounds
getting to know each other.
£3.3 million comes
from a partnership
with Sport Relief, Comic Relief's
biannual fundraising campaign.
The confidence these young people
are getting from playing netball,
and the lessons around social media
they are learning, have
been really important.
We are looking forward to funding
more projects like this
across London over
the next three years.
Netball 4 Change, affecting
a positive change in Peckham.
The Multi-Grammy Award winning
artist and producer Nile Rodgers
is putting on a music masterclass
for a group of young Londoners.
They've all survived cancer -
like Rodgers himself - and tonight
in just over an hour's time,
they'll be performing
at the Teenage Cancer Trust concert
at the Royal Albert Hall.
Here's Emma North.
Some of these people have never
picked up an instrument before in
their lives. But with just an hour's
tuition they were reworking one of
that one Chic's greatest hits. And
Nile Rodgers was impressed.
really not played guitar before? Who
was playing guitar? Really!? OK, I
give up. I have been doing this for
40 years. Give me a break.
these young people have, or have
heart, cancer. Today, they were just
people coming together to enjoy
themselves and learn.
My mum is
obsessed with Nile Rodgers, of
course. She is so proud. Keep going,
if people want to talk about it,
definitely, but I am all for the
Who did the lyrics?
Rodgers has had cancer as well,
twice. He is somebody that
understands just how powerful music
It was actually a huge
distraction from the fear that comes
along with cancer. Inevitably, we
are all going to go through that
terrifying period. But a group
called Daft Punk came into my life.
I did the record, Get Lucky. I sort
of made this promise to myself that
I was going to make more songs than
I have ever written in my life. I
was going to do more lives shows, do
more collaborations. I kept going
That creativity is still
going at full throttle. As well as
bringing his and Chic's joyful disco
funk to the Albert Hall, he is in
London and working. What are you
doing at Abbey Road?
I am waking
every single day that I have been
here. I have been writing with
phenomenal writers and artists.
Because of the wonderful people that
I am surrounded with. I mean, I just
finished a session an hour ago. It
has been like that every day,
Thank you very much.
Good luck to everybody.
Now let's check on the Weather
with Tomasz Schafernaker.
It has been pretty good today?
Beautiful, blue skies. This is from
one of the weather watchers. This is
The next few days, a little
changeable. At the moment, we have
clear skies earlier on today, but
clouds are streaming in. Over the
next few days there will probably be
a bit of rain around, but not an
awful lot. Not much happening on the
weather front tonight. Cloud and a
fuse spots of rain to the east of
London. One thing you will notice
tomorrow morning is just how mild
that is going to be. 5 degrees. That
is not particularly warm, but we
have had frosts for so long and this
is the first day, the first morning,
it will be frost free. Very nice out
there. Cloudy for a time in the
morning. The cloud will not be very
thick during the course of the day,
Laois and sun shine through.
Tomorrow, we can summarise this as
very pleasant spring, a bright day,
temperatures might get up to 30
Celsius in one two spots. Here is
some rain first thing on Friday
morning. A light shade of blue. In
the afternoon, the sun should come
out. It will feel a little bit
fresher on Friday. Temperatures will
not be much different. More of a
breeze out there. A bright and
breezy enter the working week. As we
head to the rest of Friday and into
Saturday, there will be weather
systems circling the UK, but never
really quite going across us, at
least in the south. The weekend is
actually not looking too bad for
most of us. Looking at the weather
outlook as we head into the weekend
into next week, I will mention one
thing, in the run-up to Easter there
is an indication that things could
turn really cold once again. Still,
just a possibility. Something worth
Thanks for a great
weather forecast and great tie.
Before we go this Wednesday
evening - a quick reminder
of the main news headlines.
More than a million NHS
staff, including nurses,
porters and paramedics,
have been offered a pay rise,
worth at least 6.5%
over the three years.
Some of the lowest paid workers,
will get an increase of nearly 30%.
An academic who created an app
which harvested data from 50 million
users claims he's been made
"a scapegoat" for both
Facebook and the consultancy
A senior Metropolitan Police Officer
says the large rise
in knife crime isn't causing
the outrage it should.
He fears it's because many victims
are from the black community.
Eight people have been
fatally stabbed or shot
in the London in the last week.
That's BBC London news for now.
I'll be back at 10.30 on BBC One
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